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    Asia and Europe

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  1. Looking forward to hearing from you Lauren! The Canadians!😎
  2. I meant “I just want you to be happy!😎
  3. These are the photos of the cheetahs & all the vehicles. There were a lot of happy customers taking photos... The drivers/guides are not selfish and share all info with other drivers. Plus, all our photos were taken with iPhone11. We could not believe how great they turned out. Papa, you will get so close to the animals that you don't need a super duper camera... The Canadians!😎
  4. I just want to be happy! I wish you have the best safari ever! The Canadians!😎
  5. Hello JB, You are right about Papa’s itinerary... The tour operators and drivers/guides know what they are doing and will deliver. Papa’s itinerary look great. When were you in Ndutu with the cheetahs experience as we experienced the same. We were there around Feb 5 or 6. I will post a photo when I have a chance. We are currently entertaining friends from Calgary... The Canadians!😎
  6. Have you made a payment yet? If not, contact me at chantalanddennis at hotmail dot com I have not researched your accommodation but we were mid-Luxury. I don’t want to write to much here... The Canadians!😎
  7. Hello 4774Papa, Could you post your itinerary? I always love to see itineraries... I am sure your safari will be as exquisite as ours... We do not travel outside Canada from June to Sept as it is the best time of the year to be in Canada. Georgia is much hotter than Canada in July so it is a good time for you to travel. If everyone would travel at the same time, it would not be good! Enjoy your safari to the fullest. Enjoy the photo. The Canadians!😎
  8. Hello JB, We had the exact same itinerary. I feel I would help someone with their itinerary, i would advise not to sleep in Arusha but to go straight to Tarangire National Park. We stayed only 1 night outside the park and our accommodation ‘Sangaiwe Tented Lodge’ was out of this world! Instead, I would advise 2 nights... Tarangire was very special, great place for first spotting of the wildlife. However, we were all disappointed with Manyara. The reviews were so outstanding and our visit was way below average... However, Tarangire was outstanding! i could go and on but words do not explain what you see and experience in Ndutu. That was by far our favourite. Ngorongoro was great but you have to stay on the road so little chance of being stuck and less freedom as you have to stay on the dirt road. In Ndutu, we stayed in a ‘Tented Lodge’ they moved every 3 months. We could not believe it as we had a king size bed, a writing desk, a sofa... (you see the picture) in our room. The moves take 1 month each time! This is crazy. This is why Safaris are expensive... When we first arrived in the Serengeti, we saw a few Lanbcruisers off road (not allowed apparently). Our driver talked to another driver (in his language) and got very excited. He explained we were going to see something very rare... We drove off the road and he was a bit nervous as he said it was not allowed. As we were trying to find “the surprise”, we found a baby antelope (sorry I forgot the exact type of antelope) that had been born a few minutes ago. It was so small, still “gluey”. Jeff explained the mother had left the child alone so our “surprise” would not come after it... The mom was no where to be seen but I am sure she was watching us. After drive around in the middle of “no where”, we finally found our surprise: 2 wild African dogs. Jeff said it was quite rare to see them in Tanzania. Enjoy the photo! The Canadians!😎
  9. Hello from Canada, We just came back in Feb 2020 from our first trip to Africa: Uganda (15 nights), Tanzania (8 nights) and Zanzibar (11 nights). It was just outstanding. We really enjoyed the 2 boat Safaris in Uganda, trekking chimpanzees and gorillas also in Uganda and the outstanding safari in Tanzania. Tanzania had obviously much much more wildlife but both countries were brilliant. We will cherish FOREVER our first 2 safaris (Feb is an awesome time to visit Ndudu (Serengeti Tanzania) as it is calving season: a million wildebeest give birth to 8000 babies every day, and as these newborns take their first steps, they’re targeted by lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena). We don’t think we will ever have a better trip in the future! We barely EVER saw any other Landcruiser. I just want to start by explaining how I created our trip to Uganda & Tanzania. I read Lonely Planet Uganda and Lonely Planet Tanzania. I made the itinerary myself and found 2 small companies I read about in Lonely Planet. We had the choice between: budget, mid-luxury or luxury. We selected mid-luxury and we had all our meal included. Creating our own itinerary went very smoothly and was painless. Buying directly from a company in Tanzania made us save thousands of dollars over buying from a travel agent in Canada or a specialized safari company in Canada. If I would do it again, I would spend longer on our safari in Tanzania and only 7 nights in Zanzibar. Your driver/guide will certainly make or break your safari. I explain myself. The moment we met our driver/guide in Tanzania, Jeff, we loved him. He was personable, funny, full of stories and easy to be around. During a safari, you get to know your driver as you are with him up to 12-hour per day. He astonished us with his PASSION. Jeff acted as it was his first safari (but he has been doing Safaris for 10 years) by having relentless curiosity, energy and passion. I should not forget to mention Jeff is an excellent driver as some of the road conditions were questionable (very muddy and/or no roads in the middle of “nowhere”). On a few occasions, we did not think we could get unstuck! But Jeff used his unbelievable skills to get us out. Believe me, we were not the only one stuck as we were in the middle of the wild Serengeti. We never imagined we would see SO MUCH wildlife and be SO CLOSE to the animals. Our experience with Jeff was beyond perfect, magical & overwhelming. Our accommodations were UNBELIEVABLE, the food was great and I just wish we could have stayed extra nights. Personally, if we go back to Tanzania, Jeff will definitely be our driver. We love him like a son. But I am hesitant to go back in Oct (to see another area of Tanzania as animals migrate!) as it would be more busy (busy season) so more Landcruisers all over... Now, South Africa/Botswana. I am currently reading, planning, researching for winter 2021. Should I bother with a 2nd safari? Kruger is a no with their paved roads. It would be laughable after doing rugged Ndutu where we were surrounded my thousands of wildebeest and zebra in the wild. DH and I can not believe places we drove... Botswana is an option but as we want to go in Jan, it is the rainy season. Plus, it is extremely expensive as it is exclusive. We don’t need exclusive but this is Botswana. My goal with our 2nd time in Africa would be to experience many boat Safaris as seriously, the game drive in Tanzania can not be beaten and boat Safaris are special! Time will tell if a cruise with Oceania in Africa will be added to the land experience. A minimum of 7 days is needed to see most attractions in Cape Town. Then, we would fly to Victoria Falls and cross the border to Botswana. We would then do everything last minute so the cost would be greatly reduced. Just my two cents worth. If you can, do a pre cruise safari as it is VERY tiring. Then, relax on the cruise ship. If anyone wants to book directly with our driver in Tanzania, please, email us chantalanddennis at hotmail dot com The Canadians!😎
  10. I am with you, it is very upsetting. This is our story: -On Feb 25, I booked our first Princess cruise to Alaska for August. Stupid me, I paid the whole amount even if I could have paid only a down payment (I learned and will never do this again!) -I cancelled our Princess cruise on March 17 -On April 9, I filled a dispute with our credit card company (through Bank of Montreal). BMO explained: 1-) once BMO start my dispute (an employee looking at the documents I had just filled), BMO will apply a conditional credit back to my account of the amount paid to Princess on Feb 25 2-) I would not be able to transfer this credit to my bank account 3-) From the day I would receive the credit, Princess would have 45 days to “defend” themselves. So the credit could be conditional for 45 days... -On May 3, I emailed BMO inquiring about my dispute -On May 5, I saw a credit for the amount paid on Feb 25 on BMO credit card statement and it was called ‘Dispute Princess’. I decided to call BMO to make sure it was a conditional credit. I was told it was conditional and that Princess had 45 days to reply to the dispute. BUT, for the 1st time, I was told I could transfer the money to my bank account (they call it a cash advance even if you have a credit on your account!) but if the dispute would not go my way, I would be responsible to reimburse BMO + interest for cash advance. -I transferred the credit from BMO credit card to BMO bank account. I then transferred all monies to another bank. I am lucky, BMO is not my primary bank account. -My credit card can deal with Princess! The cost of our cruise was charged to our credit card within 24 hrs on Feb 25 but once you cancel, you have to wait 60-90 days to receive your money back. Do they think we are stupid? Do not hesitate and dispute your charge ASAP. The Canadians!😎
  11. I am VERY glad to hear that. I really sympathize with you and I am glad The Zandaam is getting medical supplies.
  12. She/he just sent me 2 photos of the Zandaam getting very close to the Rotterdam.20200326_180738.heic
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